Every once in a while, I’ll encounter a developer that thinks that WCF is too complicated to use. Whereas in fact, the basics of WCF are incredibly simple. MSDN’s tutorial hides this fact by making their introduction to WCF a fairly long and painful 6-step process, but you need much less to write your first WCF application. In fact, you don’t need Visual Studio and you don’t even need svcutil. All you need is notepad, and an install of .NET 3.0.